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Is it just me or is this off-season crawling along?  There are still three weeks until Opening Day but we’re getting there, slowly but surely.  This week I want to go over a few last strategy tidbits before I get into some in depth draft numbers the next couple weeks.  I have one last note on the draft as well as a loophole you should know about and take advantage of.  These are the last couple of things I couldn’t cram into my other posts but I think are too important to just let go.  I’ll also be sharing the newest week’s worth of draft data with you.  We had a splurge of drafts Thursday night and with one close call Friday we got 15 leagues drafted.  The Razzball Writers League got drafted up Thursday evening and we’ll be posting a Q&A style recap of that draft in the next week or so.  Keep an eye out for that if you’re interested but in the meantime, let’s cover the last few tips you need before tackling your own drafts in the weeks to come.

My last bit of draft day advice is mostly geared towards drafts the final week or those that have drafted but want a leg up the first week.  It all goes back to maximizing ABs and I’m not sure it’s something many people look out for.  When you’re drafting far out from Opening Day stashing guys that might stumble into saves thanks to an injury or a prospect that might surprise and break camp with a club is great.  However, when there’s 1-2 days until real baseball, there’s no value to be gained in stashing those guys.  Instead, you should be looking to maximize those ABs early and often.  This year there are three games on Opening Day.  Do yourself a favor and take a look at those six teams and make a mental list of who may or may not be drafted from those three games and who might make a good target with one of you final picks of the draft.  Chris Owings and Mallex Smith are possible Opening Day starters with a 290ish ADP that could pay early returns.  Denard Span (or is it Ben Revere?) and Joe Panik are nice options in Arizona for Opening Day as well.  These picks are all droppable immediately after games start Sunday opening up those spots for your rolling bench we talked about last week.  It may not seem like much, but those 1 or 2 extra runs on Opening Day could mean all the difference come October.

That does it for draft notes from me.  We went over how to handle pitchers, to draft power when it doubt on a hitter, and use draft day to either stash some potential value or set yourself up to maximize ABs ASAP.

Next up, I want to chat a little about loopholes.  No, we’re not going to talk about the loophole that gets you out of the thousands of dollars in state taxes you owe.  Instead, we will be talking about the much less exciting 24 hour free agent waiver wire loophole that ESPN has. The ESPN rule is that if a player is on a roster for 24 hours then when they are released they are placed on waivers. However if they are on a roster for 23 hours 59 minutes and then released they become free agents and are able to immediately he added again. This loophole comes in especially handy when stashing prospects or potential saves candidates. It is also most helpful when a  day with an early start time follows a day with night start times. When that happens you can drop your stashed player, add someone for the day games and then pick your stashed player right back up after lineup lock.  I often use this tactic to stash a Rockies hitter a day or so before they get back to Coors and everyone is on high alert.  I also attempted to use this in order to stash Carlos Correa a couple seasons back when I felt it was close to time of his call-up.  I say attempted because using this loophole comes with an obvious risk.  That risk is prospect poachers.  After you’ve done this a couple days in a row your leaguemates will catch on and be waiting, lurking in the shadows to strike.  It’s a risk/reward call but one that I feel like everyone should know about.

DRAFT TRENDS

I love feedback from the Razz community and last week I was asked to take a look at some speed demon ADPs.  So, here we have the top 10 stolen base leaders from last year and their ADPs this season.  I also included anyone projected to finish in the top 10 in steals by Grey or Steamer and their ADPs.  That is why Raul Mondesi makes the cut.  Enjoy and deity of choice speed.

WE DON’T NEED NO STINKIN’ NFBC ADP

We’ve got RCL ADP!  Here’s a list from our 14 league sample of some players whose ADPs I was curious about and some general notes.

PLAYER ADP HI LO DIFF
Mike Trout 1 1 1 0
Jose Altuve 4.33 2 8 6
Paul Goldschmidt 4.73 2 7 5
Trea Turner 11.6 5 16 11
Starling Marte 20.33 16 28 12
Jonathan Villar 29.8 19 46 27
Dee Gordon 59.27 43 73 30
Jean Segura 63.07 41 92 51
Billy Hamilton 66.6 51 79 28
Jose Peraza 130.33 88 182 94
Eduardo Nunez 151.47 125 184 59
Rajai Davis 212.07 150 269 119
Jarrod Dyson 245.87 198 300 102
Hernan Perez 249.67 179 300 121
Travis Jankowski 284.27 240 300 60
Raul Mondesi N/A N/A N/A N/A

Trout, Altuve, Goldy and Trea Turner make up the elite options this year.  I really hope Trea doesn’t crack under the pressure.

The next group of Marte and Villar seem pretty safe, but I’m passing on Villar here.

The trio of Dee Gordon, Jean Segura, and Billy Hamilton are fairly polarizing.  Will Dee be the pre-steroid version of himself?  Will Billy Hamilton be the Billy Hamilton version of himself?  What if jean Segura only hits 5 HRs in Seattle?

Jose Peraza is my boo.  I love him at 130.

I’ll pass on Nunez.

The final group is SAGNOF deluxe, led by the king himself, Rajai Davis.  When you realize all you’ve drafted is plodding HR hitters and steals are a thing, it’s time to get to work on this section.  If all else fails, Raul Mondesi will be waiting for you on the waiver wire.

As always, here is the link to the RCL ADP sheet for your own perusal: RCL ADP SHEET

Now, go join a league and contribute to that wonderful ADP data:

TO JOIN A LEAGUE

Click the LINK in the ‘League Link’ column (see below grid) and enter the PASSWORD at ESPN. Emails are there for some leagues, but you shouldn’t need to email anyone.  You can join as many leagues as you like.

TO START A LEAGUE

Please create a league in ESPN based on the league rules reference above. Step by step: Hit Create. Then Create ESPN Custom (middle option), Name League, Change to 12 Teams, Restriction Type: None, Open to All Users, Access: change to Private, create Password, leave as Roto and Snake, Make Draft Date and Time, Create. From Default settings all you have to do is change to TWO DL SLOTS and 180 Starts by pitchers. So, you go to ROSTERS and Click “Edit Roster Settings.” There, change to 2 DL Slots and 180 Starts (the counter will change to 20.0 per slot). Then SUBMIT Roster Settings. Finally, Create Your League! (Important Note: Make sure league is viewable to public but requiring a password to avoid non-Razzballers joining.) When that’s finished, click here. You will be permissioned shortly so you can add your league info to the Google Doc (the below grid cannot be edited from this page). On that Google Doc, you will need to enter your name, league link, password and please UPDATE the number of openings as your league fills up. That’s it. Oh, and don’t use your bank account password. (Here’s a video Jay made to help some noobs.  Is noobs spelled with zeroes or oh’s?  Hmm, that might make me a noob at spelling noob.)  You can start as many leagues as you like.  If you start less than ten leagues, again someone could mock you.

Want to be my Twitter pal?  That’s kinda creepy, but you can follow me here: @MattTruss

 
  1. MattTruss

    MattTruss says:
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    Just created a league that’s drafting tonight if anyone has an itch.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @MattTruss: you can’t tell them all the loopholes! Which is funny because to do that loophole is such a commitment in discipline.

      I’ve been reading the comments in greys posts and watching the RCL teams get posted. On almost every team you could write “you drafted too many starters”

      Great work again MT

      • MattTruss

        MattTruss says:
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        Thanks Jack! Agreed on the starters

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Could you tweet it and I’ll retweet?

  2. MattTruss

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    Frequent Razzball Commenters – I heard a rumor that the FCL was going to die this year. I can’t let that happen, so, if you’re interested let’s get that thing brewing again. There’s a Championship Belt on the line for goodness sake! Drop a comment here and I’ll get on creating the league later this week. Myself and Backdoor Sliders are in, let’s do it!

    • Grey

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      People were talking about it in my nfbc chat

      • MattTruss

        MattTruss says:
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        Sweet, I need some names. I was going to grab Knoche, see if Noisewater wants in and start there. Send them my way

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          @MattTruss: I’m in. Not sure if J-FOH had any luck, think he was touching base with a few. I know Nick is in if we get it put together.

          Backdoor Sliders, MattH, Kid A, Maybe Grimey? They were all in last year.

            • MattTruss

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              Sweet, I’ll hit you guys up in a few. I’m busy digging out of over a foot of snow at the moment. Fun times, baseball is in the air though!

          • Big Odio says:
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            @The Great Knoche: I was just reaching out to Pandas before. I can ask him if he can move commish duties to someone else. I remember doing that before. I’ll also email Nacho for you

            • The Great Knoche says:
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              @Big Odio: We got an email from Pandas so all good on that end. Thanks J-FOH

    • The Big Yabu says:
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      @MattTruss: Many thanks, Matt, for keeping the FCL alive.
      Those with no lives, no shame, and a strong desire to rosterbate should definitely get in touch about joining!

      • The Big Yabu says:
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        @The Big Yabu: Oh, and as a further temptation: my avatar is now a close-up of the center of the championship belt. I’d include another picture or two if I could figure out how — but anyway, the reality is way awesomer (<– totally a word!) than any picture could ever capture…

        • Big Odio says:
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          @The Big Yabu: If you tweet pics of it out you can link the tweets

            • The Big Yabu says:
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              @The Big Yabu: Or maybe this?
              pic.twitter.com/acqLiDKMwq

              • Big Odio says:
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                @The Big Yabu: beautiful. I still remember the day Nacho bought that for the league and sent us its first pic

                • MattTruss

                  MattTruss says:
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                  You have Nacho’s email by any chance

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @MattTruss: I do and I already sent him one. Ive also texted him too a few things. I havent heard anything but I know he had some family things going on

                • The Big Yabu says:
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                  @Big Odio: I had seen it in Cram’s avatar last year, but it was still amazing to behold when he sent it to me. I took it to a draft with old friends this weekend — they were suitably impressed.

                  So will you be rejoining the league this year?

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @The Big Yabu: I retired from the RCL’s for now. Maybe next year or the year after that. Beating Grey and going out on top feels right…yes grey I brought up beating you again and that I’m not playing! (yes Yabu he is always watching…always like a creeper in a windowless van)

              • MattTruss

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                Your invite should in your email.

                • FrankGrimes says:
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                  @MattTruss:
                  I’d be down again this year if draft day worked out.

                  • MattTruss

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                    I’ll shoot you an invite, we’ll decide the draft time as a group.

    • The Big Yabu says:
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      @MattTruss: Oh, what about last year’s overall winner? He may not technically be a “frequent commenter” (yet!), but I think it would be great to try to bring him into the FCL…

  3. Bterry says:
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    Theres a razz drafting in at 9et tonight (tues 14th) that needs 4. Anyone wanting to draft tonight?

    • Bterry says:
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      @Bterry: sorry. Shoulda read the previous comment. My bad truss. Im down to draft tonight tho. See ya at 7 in the mountains

  4. Vegans says:
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    Great stuff, Matt! I’ll rejoin the FCL if it’s still on. Let me know.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Awesome! Will do man, I’ll hit you up one way or another in a few

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @MattTruss: I’m always in for another too. If you need anyone else.

        • MattTruss

          MattTruss says:
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          Invite sent

    • Big Odio says:
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      @Vegans: vegans!

      • Vegans says:
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        @Big Odio: Mr. FOH!!! Super busy with work but I’m lurking around all the good reading here. Good to talk to you again!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Vegans: Ill try to send you an email later to catch up. You still got the same phone number? I changed mine but we should hit an Angel game this year

  5. D Fresh says:
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    Love me some RCLs. Great info and breakdown. Any chance you can freeze the A “Player” column on the RCL ADP spreadsheet?

    • MattTruss

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      Thanks! Great suggestion. Done and done!

  6. Miles says:
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    since the comment section is closed on your MLB Twitter article, here let me say thanks!
    better late than never.
    a note: Mark Feinsand is no longer tagging along the Yankees, he’s got a new gig league-wide with mlb.com. Bryan Hoch is a good follow, as is Chad Jennings.

    • MattTruss

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      Thank Miles, I went ahead and added Hoch to the list, thanks for the heads up

  7. hothot says:
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    Just a heads up, “BigThreeSports + Razzball = Love” the RCL league hosted by Lance, completed its draft on March 5th.

    In the “Filled Leagues” tab on your spreadsheet, it indicates a draft date of March 26th for this league and the league isn’t listed in the “Drafted Leagues” tab nor is its draft info included in the ADP list.

    • MattTruss

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      Thanks man, good catch, I’ll get that fixed and added.

  8. Jack Genovese says:
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    Hello,

    I created a league and it WAS full, but now has (2) openings. I updated it, but can you move it from the filled league page to the signup page. Not sure if you wanted us screwing with the sheets.

    here is the link to the league, if needed,

    http://games.espn.com/flb/leagueoffice?leagueId=39623&seasonId=2017

    thanks!

    • MattTruss

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      You’re all set

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